William Patterson (priest)

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William James Patterson CBE was an Anglican priest.[1]

He was born on 25 September 1930, educated at Haileybury and Balliol College, Oxford and ordained in 1955.[2] After a curacy at St John Baptist, Newcastle upon Tyne he was Priest in Charge of Rio Claro with Mayaro in Trinidad. On his return to England he was Rector of Esher and then Little Downham. From 1979 to 1984 he was Archdeacon of Wisbech when he became Dean of Ely,[3] a post he held for six years. The cathedral itself was in urgent need of repair, and Patterson launched an appeal for £4 million. He was Vicar of Abbotsley until 1993; and died on 6 April 2002.[4]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ Mentioned in the obituary of Peter Knight Walker > Daily Telegraph Obituaries p31 issue no 48,397 (dated 7 January 2011)
  4. ^ Telegraph Obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Allan Shaw
Dean of Ely
1984 – 1990
Succeeded by
Michael John Higgins